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John Chuckman


A third of young people don’t feel comfortable wearing a poppy – but we should all remember the history that came before us
Many of those who are reluctant to wear a poppy say it ‘glorifies war’

It is the normal reaction of the human mind to gradually forget about terrible things.

It’s just a practical response to allow life to go on.

Deliberately trying to keep terrible things alive is simply perverse, if not morbid.

The World Wars obviously will always be in our history books, and that is where they should be.

A century, just about, after the end of WWI, poppies are overdue to become history themselves.

For anyone who believes the myth that by remembering in this fashion we can in effect make it so it will never happen again, all I can say is that is utter foolishness.

The Great War itself proves that. Just over twenty years later, Europe was at it again, and in an even bloodier war.

And just look back in recent history with George Bush’s and Tony Blair’s illegal and brutal invasion of Iraq.

Annual poppy wearing did nothing to prevent a horror in which about a million died, a couple of million were made refugees, tens of thousands were left shattered, and poisons like depleted uranium dust were generously deposited to keep killing for years ahead – all in the destruction of what had been one of the Arab world’s most advanced societies.

“Never again” in anything is just a phrase.

The attitude reflected in not wanting to wear poppies is more promising for the future than wearing them.

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